What is Famento and what does it have to do with family history?

Famento was inspired by our personal experience of wanting to know more about our family.  As we watched our parents and grandparents age, and our nieces and nephews grow up, it forced us to think:

* How well do we know our parents?

For many of us, we know the general outline of their life, but we don’t have many of the details.  Do you know the story of how your parents met?  Do you ever wonder what your parents were like at your age?  What were the toughest struggles that your parents faced?  Most of us know much less about our grandparents.

Now let’s turn the question around:

* How will future generations know who we are?

If you are knowledgeable about computers, you probably have hundreds of photos, videos, emails, and conversations embedded in all the different web services you have joined. You probably also have albums of hardcopy photos from the pre-digital days, and boxes of paper documents.

Buried in all that information is the story of who you are.  The question is, how are you possibly going to pass this along?  Imagine if your grandfather handed you his laptop and a box of his personal photo albums, and said, “the story of my life is in there, and here are the passwords to all my online accounts.”  It would be overwhelming to go through all of that information.

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* Why save that information at all?

We think there will come a time when you want to know more about the life stories of  your close friends and family.  Your curiosity might be spurred by the birth of your own children.  Or maybe it happens at a wedding or a family reunion where you are confronted with relatives you have never met before.  Or perhaps it happens when someone you were close to passes away.

Sharing and preserving these memories — this is what Famento is all about.

In the next posts, we’ll give you more ideas on how to use Famento to write the story of your life, preserve the stories of other family members, and stay in touch with your friends and family.

The Famento Team
www.famento.com

Famento is back online

Late on Wednesday night, we discovered that there was a problem that led to the corruption of the database.  Our backup systems saved most of the data, but we lost approximately 18 hours of new data (Wednesday 6:30 AM PST to Thursday 12:00 AM PST).  We took down the site as a precaution and have been working to improve our backup and security systems.  Information you have entered in that timeframe or new account registrations will have to be re-submitted.  We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience, and we’re taking this issue very seriously.  We hope these additional measures will make your Famento experience a better one.

Thank you for your understanding,

The Famento Team

Famento is here!

We’re excited to share with you www.famento.com, a website that we hope will help you and your family and friends stay connected and get to know each other through all times.

Why Famento?
From our own experiences, we know it’s hard to stay updated on how our loved ones are doing.  Our lives are busier than ever, and many of us don’t live in the same city as some of our closest friends and family any more.  Famento lets you bring the people you care about into a private network, and stay connected by exchanging life stories, photos, videos, files and more.
 
How is Famento different from other social networks?

1) Famento is a private network of people that you care about
2) Famento is focused on sharing deep content about your life and your family history
3) Famento keeps all of your family members (live and deceased), and the stories of their lives connected in one network

There’s more coming ahead…

As you see, Famento is currently in beta.  That means we have more features we’re planning to roll out.  For example, Family Tree and Groups features are coming soon!  In the meantime, sign up for your own Famento account, and invite your friends and family to join your Famento network. 

We hope you enjoy using Famento.  Take a look at the features.  We’d love to hear your feedback, including ideas for other features that would make the site more useful for you and your loved ones.
The Famento Team

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